Who are Tommy Lee’s Parents? Meet His Mother Vassiliki Papadimitriou and Father

Tommy Lee’s parents were Vassiliki Papadimitriou and David Lee Thomas Bass. His father was a United States Army sergeant while his mother was a former contestant in the Miss Greece beauty contest in 1957.

If you are a fan of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, then you must be familiar with Thomas Lee. For those who don’t know him, he is the founding member of the band. He has also been Motley Crue’s long-term drummer and the founder of rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem. Here’s more about his parents.

Tommy Lee’s Father, David Lee Thomas Bass, was a US Army Sergeant

  • Name: David Lee Thomas Bass
  • Date of Birth: April 30, 1924
  • Date of Death: 2001
  • Age at Death: 77 years
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: US Army Sergeant
  • Spouse(s): Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou, Lois Lavonne Aultman

Tommy Lee’s father was David Lee Thomas Bass. He was born in Minnesota, United States, in 1924, to John Samuel Bass and his wife, Julie E. Sanders. He spent his early years in Itasca, Minnesota, United States, where he completed his education. However, the records of his educational background and qualifications are currently not available.

At a young age, David Lee signed up for the US Army, and he served in the United States Army as a sergeant. According to Tommy Lee, his father fought in World War II and the Korean war. Not much is known about his father’s time in the US Army, but how Tommy talks about him shows they had a great bond.

David Lee married Tommy’s mom, Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou, while he was in Greece. However, they later relocated to the United States two years after Tommy Lee was born. They also had another child named Athena. Records show that Lee’s father married twice, with his second marriage to Lois Lavonne Aultman, but that has not been authenticated by the music star.

Tommy still misses his father, and he made this know via a post he made on Instagram on Father’s Day 2014. Although he is no more, David still holds a special place in his son’s life.

His Mother was Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou

  • Name: Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou
  • Date of Birth: August 8, 1939
  • Date of Death: March 9, 2012
  • Age at Death: 73 years
  • Ethnicity: Greek
  • Nationality: Greek, American
  • Occupation: Model

Tommy Lee’s mother, Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou, was born in Katouna, Greece, on August 8, 1939. Her parents were Eleftherio Papademetrio and a mother whose identity is unknown to the media. Nothing much is known about Lee’s mother except that she pursued a career as a model in her home country of Greece.

According to reports, Vassiliki contested in a Miss Greece beauty pageant held in 1957. While she didn’t win the contest, it is unknown if she was a runner-up in the competition. She got hitched to Lee’s father, David Oliver Bass, who was serving in the US Army at the time. When and how they met is not available in the media space.

However, after their marriage, they welcomed their first child, Tommy Lee, in 1962. Two years later, in 1964, Tommy Lee’s parents moved to the United States of America, where they also welcomed a daughter, Athena Lee. She stayed in California for the remainder of her life, and on March 9, 2012, she passed away in Calabasas, California.

Vassiliki died at age 73. After her death, Tommy dedicated his song “Blue” to her and has never stopped missing his mom. Many of his fans sympathized with him, and the drummer appreciated them via a tweet, as seen below.

Tommy Lee’s Parents Had Two Children

Tommy Lee

  • Date of Birth: October 3, 1962
  • Age: 61 years old
  • Ethnicity: Greek
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Drummer, Musician, Songwriter, Actor

Tommy Lee was born on October 3, 1962, in Athens, Greece, to his parents, David Lee Thomas Bass, and his wife, Vassiliki “Voula” Papadimitriou. He is currently 61 years old and has become incredibly famous as a drummer and founder of the heavy metal band Motley Crue.

When they were very young, his family moved to the United States and settled in California. Although he is American, his mixed racial heritage has greatly influenced his music.

Tommy began his career in the 1970s. He later formed Motley with bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist Mick Mars, and frontman Vince Neil. The band released its first album, Too Fast for Love, in 1981. Since then, they have continued to build a solid fanbase and kept releasing hit after hit.

Some of their albums include Sout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), Girls, Girls, Girls (1987), Dr. Feelgood (1989), Motley Crue (1994), Generation Swine (1997), and Saints of Los Angeles (2008). Aside from the band, he has also embarked on a solo career. So far, he has released three studio albums and many hit singles.

Tommy has been married four times, with his latest marriage to social media star Brittany Furlan in 2019. He has two children, sons Brandon Thomas Lee (born June 1996) and Dylan Jagger Lee (born December 1997), from his third marriage to Pamela Anderson.

Athena Lee

  • Date of Birth: December 8, 1964
  • Age: 59 years old
  • Ethnicity: Greek
  • Nationality: American
  • Occupation: Drummer, Actress

Athena Lee is the younger sister of Tommy Lee and the second child of Tommy Lee’s parents. She was born in Los Angeles County, California, on December 8, 1964, and is currently 59 years old. Like her older brother, Athena is a renowned drummer and actress. She developed an interest in music in her late teenage years.

As a result, she joined an all-female band called Hardly Dangerous and the punk group Butt Trumpet. While she continued to hone her drumming skills, Athena later signed up and worked with the Los Angeles punk rock/ pop-punk group Krunk. Since the inception of her career, she has won several awards, including the Best Female Drummer at the Rock City Awards Show.

She also got nominated for Best Drummer at the 7th Annual LA Music Awards, and she made history as the first female ever nominated in the history of LA Music Awards. Athena has played drums for various artists and is endorsed by Rockett Drumworks. She has appeared as a guest commentator on VH-1’s Behind the Music and E! True Hollywood Story.

She has been starring in the Fuse reality TV show, Ex-Wives of Rock. Athena has been married twice. Her first marriage was to Scott Atkins, her former bandmate. They welcomed a daughter in 1991 and a son in 1992 before going their separate ways. After their divorce, Athena married James Kottak, former drummer for the German rock band Scorpions. The duo welcomed a child in 1997. Like her first union, Athena and Kottak have since gone their separate ways.

Iyke Legend
Iyke Legend
Iyke Legend has been documenting inspiring celebrity interviews, memorable moments from red carpets, behind the scenes stories from movie sets, etc. He also writes about relationships and communications


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